Naming a baby is a tough choice to make for many people.

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Lots of  parents find it useful to write down a list of their favourite boys and girls names to help them with the process, while other parents prefer to make a last-minute decision when the baby is born. 

However in 2022, some parents are looking for the stranger, more unique names and have even resorted to Googling the name to check what it means or even if it’s socially acceptable.

Some searches that have proven popular on Google in the last year have been Elvis, Monkey and Shrek.

A quick trip to the search engine will tell you all you need to know about what goes on inside some parents’ heads:

Some of the potential names that came up included; Jibreel, Ravana, Adolf, God, Anakin, Goku, Islam for boys and Princess, Lilith, Cleopatra, Queen, Hermoine, Heaven, and even Aphrodite for girls.

The baby’s name can be controversial topic among family members – sparking division among clans, and some academic papers have even shown that between 11% and 30% of parents regret the name they have chosen.

This could be for various reasons, but it does indicate that a baby name that seemed like a good idea at the time, might not have been further down the line.

Baby naming experts at Bella Baby have shared their advice for parents thinking about a more unusual name for their little one.

They said: “We understand how important it is to choose the right name for your baby and what you think suits them. However, there are some things to consider before deciding on a name that is more ‘out there’.”

“Consider your child having to use that name in their 30s, 40s, and 50s. Some names may seem like a cute choice when you have a young child or even in their teenage years, however, that name is with them for life and needs to work with any age.

“Is it a passing phase? While it is sometimes a great idea to take inspiration for baby names from characters you love in TV shows or movies, it is important to think about whether you love the name standalone and if you can see yourself loving it forever and not just a short while.”